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Bucknell University
  • Position Number: 4465013
  • Location: Lewisburg, PA
  • Position Type: Counseling

Associate Director of the Counseling & Student Development Center

Job No: 497468
Position Type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Student Affairs

The Associate Director of the CSDC oversees all aspects of clinical service provision within the CSDC, and serves, along with the Director, as the CSDC Leadership Team. The Associate Director engages in strategic planning to inform the provision of high quality clinical services with a focus on inclusivity and best practices in the context of a liberal arts, residential, co-curricular institution. The Associate Director provides executive direction for the CSDC in the absence of the Director.
We seek candidates who understand the impact that experiences of marginalization, inequality, and prejudice can have on students, and are experienced in providing therapy, consultation, and outreach to address, and/or diminish this impact. The successful candidate will be an experienced counselor or social worker with demonstrated multicultural competence.

The CSDC serves as the primary mental health unit for the Bucknell University campus community. The CSDC is a well-resourced staff of 10 psychologists/counselors and 1 consulting psychiatrist with a strong and intentional commitment to promoting psychological well-being and inclusive community.

This is a full-time benefits eligible position offering a competitive salary and robust benefits package.

The Associate Director of the Counseling & Student Development Center is eligible for a 5,000 hiring incentive in accordance with program guidelines.

Job Duties:
Leadership Responsibilities:
1. Provide direction and coordination for the center's clinical services, including assessment, individual and group counseling, referral, consultation, and crisis intervention.
2. Manage the Counseling Center's electronic record system (Titanium). Develop, maintain, and monitor the infrastructure for the center's clinical system (e.g. developing coverage schedules, managing EHR (Titanium)).
3. Evaluate and monitor clinical services provided by the CSDC, including maintaining/updating the Policies and Procedures Manual.
4. Develop the staff after hours on-call schedule and coordinate follow-up for after-hour calls.
5. Provide clinical supervision to Staff Counselors seeking licensure.
6. Support the Director in ensuring full compliance with mental health ethical standards, including maintaining confidential client records, data and all PA Licensure requirements.
7. Build multicultural competency by intentionally supporting an inclusive climate within the CSDC, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Bucknell University community.
8. In the absence of the Director, the Associate Director will supervise all operations of the CSDC.

In addition to leadership responsibilities outlined above, the Associate Director will engage in direct service as a counselor:
1. Provide individual therapy to students with presenting issues including, but not limited to: trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, grief, loneliness/isolation, identity development, family conflict, career exploration, attention/focus issues, stress management, chronic suicidal thoughts, and relationship issues.
2. Provide comprehensive clinical assessment for students; triage clinical needs and make recommendations based on clinical judgment and available resources. Maintain appropriate and timely documentation for recordkeeping and communication with other service providers based on ethical and legal standards and requirements to enhance care for students.
3. Manage urgent mental health needs during same-day appointments (e.g., suicide risk assessment, evaluation of ability to care for self, evaluation of risk to campus community). Provide clinical assessments of students in a mental health crisis demonstrating effective clinical skills and effective treatment planning for a variety of mental health concerns and conditions, with varying levels of severity. Complete risk assessment when clinically indicated during course of treatment and identify appropriate interventions for students in crisis. Evaluate the need for psychiatric evaluation, facilitate referral, and coordinate care.
4. Provide 24/7 on-call coverage for urgent mental health needs as a part of the center's after hours crisis management system.
5. Maintain current and accurate information about local resources and refer students to campus (e.g., career services, student health, etc.) and off campus (e.g., community mental health programs, community clinicians) resources as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:
- Master's level degree in clinical mental health counseling, psychology or Social Work.
- Licensed as a LPC or LCSW for at least five (5) years in the state of Pennsylvania.
- Experience in a demanding clinical setting (e.g., college counseling center), with evidence of increasing administrative responsibility (e.g., policy writing, clinical supervision, oversight of clinical service model).
- Knowledge of developmental issues of college students and demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- Effective therapist with generalist clinical skills and demonstrated experience assessing and intervening with a range of clinical issues, degrees of pathology, and crisis management.
- Clinical supervision skills.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including strong oral, written, and listening communication capabilities.
- Strong commitment to student growth and development

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience working in College/University Counseling Center

Work Type:
This is a full-time staff exempt benefits eligible position.

Salary Range:
This is a staff exempt position with a hiring range of $70,500 - 88,125. The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.


Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
- flexible scheduling options determined by role;
- medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
- an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
- generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
- full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
- a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
- a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card

To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

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